Michael D. Dwyer

Associate Professor, Media and Communication

Murphy 224 (215) 572-2857 MW 3-4

About Me

Michael D. Dwyer is Associate Professor of Media and Communication at Arcadia, where he teaches courses in media studies, cultural studies, and writing. Currently, he is at work on a book manuscript titled Tinsel and Rust: Hollywood Film and Postindustrial America, an examination of how Hollywood helped to define and circulate the idea of "the Rust Belt," and the ways that cities like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit have attempted to use filmmaking as a way to transform their "postindustrial" public images. His first book, Back to the Fifties, which explores the diverse and often competing uses of nostalgia for the 1950s in film and pop music from 1973-1988, was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. His broader research interests include the relationship between popular narratives and cultural memory, the interaction between popular music and Hollywood film, fan cultures, and the politics of DIY arts and music, and his writing has appeared in outlets like CultureBot, Alphaville, Flow, Negative Dunkalectics and In Media Res. He loves American soccer, pub trivia, bad karaoke, good bakeries, and living in Philadelphia.

Areas Of Focus

Media Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Popular Music, Nostalgia, Cultural Geography, FIlm Soundtracks, the Rust Belt, Space and Place in Film, DIY Arts and Culture, Internet Creativity & Copyright Law

Greater Pittsburgh

English, German, French

Education History

Syracuse University 2010

Doctor of Philosophy, Major in English / Film Studies

Carnegie Mellon University 2003

Master of Arts, Major in Literary and Cultural Studies

University of Miami 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Major in English

Minor in History


Author 2015

Back to the Fifties

Book, Oxford University Press

Author 2022

"Cooley High, Cabrini Green, and the Uneven Rusting of Chicago"

Contribution to book, Bloomsbury Academic

Author 2022

"That Nostalgic Feeling..."

Contribution to book, Palgrave-MacMillan

Author 2016

Book Review - Jim Jarmusch: Music, Words and Noise

Article, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

Author 2016

Prince and the Other Eighties

E-publication, Oxford University Press Blog

Author 2012

"The Same Old Songs?"

Article, Alphaville

Contributor, "Fixing the Fifties: Alex P. Keaton and Marty McFly" 2010

The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade

Contribution to book, Lexington Books

Co-Authored with Kimberly R. Moffitt (Editor), Duncan A. Campbell (Editor)

Author 2010

"The Gathering of the Juggalos and the Peculiar Sanctity of Fandom"

Article, FLOW